Top 10 Favourite Avenged Sevenfold Songs

Posted: December 22, 2015 in Top 10s
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As many of you may know by now I love my rock music. Whether it’s headbanging whilst in the car, playing my guitar or going to a good old gig it’s a big part of my life. So I thought I’d do a top 10 of my favourite songs from a certain artist, starting with my Favourite band Avenged Sevenfold. They have a lot of great songs that span the course of over 10 years, so picking just 10 is difficult. But after narrowing it down here are the 10 songs I like the most by them.

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10. Buried Alive (Nightmare)

One of the standout tracks from Avenged Sevenfold’s fifth studio album was this six and a half minute track. It starts out quietly and with soft melodic guitar riffs, then it gradually builds up and gets heavier until getting into heavy metal territory with the epic breakdown at the end. It’s a song that shows the band’s diversity between light rock tunes and heavy shredding, and it’s frequently a favourite at live concerts.

9. Second Heartbeat (Waking the Fallen)

Now we go back to the band’s second album. Whilst a lot of people would have something like Unholy Confessions or Eternal Rest as their favourite from that album I decided to go for  the seven minute shredder Second Heartbeat. This song contains some of the album’s more memorable guitar work as well as M Shadow’s screaming, though I still feel his vocal style is better suited for melodic hard rock, that of which is also present in the chorus. And that solo at the end? Awesome.

8. Shepherd of Fire (Hail to the King)

Of all the songs from the band’s latest album I feel the opening song hooks me the most. Right from the opening with the sounds of the flickering flames along with the tolling of the bell it gave me vibes of Black Sabbath, which is never a bad thing. What follows is a song that is dark in tone, with simple but catchy guitar riffs and pounding drumwork from Arin Ilejay. Sometimes a song that reminds us of the band’s defined style is most welcomed, and for Shepherd of Fire that’s very much the case.

7. So Far Away (Nightmare)

Whilst Avenged are generally a heavy band every album they also do good soft songs, and this is one of them. This song is a personal one to the band as it was written after the death of their original drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, so it works as a tearful goodbye to their band member and friend. A lot of fans find this to be the band’s most emotional piece, and whether or not you’re a fan it’s a song that we can all relate to at some point or another.

6. Bat Country (City of Evil)

One of the band’s most successful songs to date, Bat Country’s acclaim doesn’t go undeserved. From the song’s opening riffs to M Shadow’s vocal blasts you know you’ll be in for a wild ride. M Shadow’s shows off his gritty vocal style well along with lyrics inspired by Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. This song is a badass one to play whilst driving, and it’s also a fun one to play on guitar. With these reasons it’s not hard to see why Bat Country is such a favourite amongst fans.

5. Seize the Day (City of Evil)

Another soft song like So Far Away, but this one contains more thoughtful lyrics. It’s a song that reminisces about life going on and worrying about the inevitable end. Keeping the song’s soft tone Synyster Gates brings to game one of his best and most beautiful guitar solos adding a flavour of hard rock to proceedings. There’s not much else to say about this song other than it’s message being “Seize the Day or die regretting the time you lost”.

4. A Little Piece of Heaven (Avenged Sevenfold)

One of the more unique songs from Avenged no doubt. Written by The Rev, this song is a tale of love, murder, then sex after murder (yeah, this song is wrong on so many levels), but it features great instrumentation throughout and frequently changes in tone. All of which is acompanied by a stylish animated music video, not for the faint of heart. Hearing this song played live is epic as it feels like M Shadows is narrating a story to the audience. A Little Piece of Heaven is definitely one of Avenged Sevenfold’s more memorable tracks.

3. Nightmare (Nightmare)

This song was the first single to be released after the death of The Rev. The start of the song with haunting xylophone chimes which then transition into guitar set the tone for what this song has to offer. When M Shadows says “It’s your F***ing Nightmare” you’d better believe it. With a lot of Nightmare’s songs being more somber and reminiscent on death this 6 minute piece proves to be a more traditional shredder with it’s usual dark themes and memorable solos. Upon hearing this song your nightmare most definitely comes to life.

2. Afterlife (Avenged Sevenfold)

If there was any one song that would define Avenged Sevenfold it would be Afterlife. This is definitely one of their more mainstream songs as it includes string sections as well as an overall heavy sound that’s still easy to the ears. This song is also complimented by some backing vocals from The Rev as well as an insane solo from Synyster Gates, in other words everything you love about the band is here. Afterlife is one of the band’s most acclaimed and popular songs and remains a staple for their live shows.

Now for some honourable mentions before number 1:

  • Critical Acclaim (Avenged Sevenfold)
  • Dear God (Avenged Sevenfold)
  • Hail to the King (Hail to the King)
  • M.I.A (City of Evil)
  • Save Me (Nightmare)

 

1. Beast and the Harlot (City of Evil)

My number 1 choice is a questionable one by some, and an understandable one by others. In short this was the first song to get me into the band, and what a song to start on. Starting with the dark sinister intro, then showing the dynamic of Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance’s guitar work, The Rev at his best, along with lyrics that represent the fall of Babylon. It was a perfect track to get an idea of what Avenged Sevenfold have to offer and the style that would define them over the years, and in my opinion Beast and the Harlot does that the best.

So those are my favourite Avenged Sevenfold songs. I may make similar lists for my other favourite bands in the future, but next look forward to my annual Top 10 Favourite Films of the year.

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